Miami Dolphins part ways with Papa John’s, have new pizza vendor at stadium


Don’t bother looking for Papa John’s pizza at Hard Rock Stadium this season.

The Dolphins have joined a long list of sports teams and organizations severing ties with the pizza company.

A source said the Dolphins made their decision before founder John Schnatter triggered a national controversy by using a racial slur during a media training call in May.

The contract between the Dolphins and Papa John’s expired March 31, when it was mutually agreed upon that the multiyear partnership would not be renewed.

The Dolphins held an open house for the media Tuesday in which &pizza was introduced as the featured pizza supplier at the stadium. &pizza is a fast-casual chain whose part-owners include Dolphins owner Stephen Ross.

The slur used by Schnatter led to a backlash within the sports world. In Florida, the Marlins, Orlando Magic and Tampa Bay Rays suspended their relationship with Papa John’s. Others suspending or cutting ties with Papa John’s included the New York Yankees, Seattle Seahawks and Atlanta’s Falcons, United and Braves. The University of Louisville dropped Papa John’s from the name of its stadium even though the chain is based in that city.

The pizza chain reported a 10.5 percent drop in sales for July on Tuesday.

Pizza Hut is the official pizza supplier of the NFL.

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